Jada Pinkett Smith's tell-all memoir fails to crack top 10 on charts
Is Jada Pinkett Smith’s shocking tell-all memoir a FLOP? Book revealing seven-year separation from Will Smith fails to crack top 10 on bestseller charts
She left her fans and critics with their jaws on the floor when she revealed that she and her husband Will Smith had been separated and living apart for seven years, despite presenting the image of a happily married couple.
But now Jada Pinkett Smith’s new memoir Worthy — in which she shared the status of her marriage and numerous other revelations — appears to be performing poorly on some major book bestseller lists.
The 52-year-old actress released the book on October 17, and it managed to nab the number three spot on Amazon’s charts for the week of October 22, which lists the ‘Top 20 most sold & most read books of the week.’
She finished just behind Britney Spears’ even buzzier memoir The Woman In Me and David Grann’s Killers Of The Flower Moon, which returned to the top of the charts thanks to interest in Martin Scorsese’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro–starring film of the same name.
But on Amazon’s main bestsellers list, Worthy had plummeted to just number 81 as of Tuesday, according to Newsweek.
Not moving units: Jada Pinkett Smith, 52, scored to chart in the top 10 on several major best seller lists after releasing her buzzy memoir Worthy last week; seen October 17 in NYC
Shocker: The memoir, which includes shocking revelations about her relationship with husband Will Smith, even failed to place on some lists completely
By Wednesday evening it had dropped three more spots to number 84.
Notably, the main bestsellers chart only tracks sales, whereas Jada’s book placed in the top three on the online retailers charts that track both sales and the number of Kindle readers and Audible listeners working through the book, suggesting that more people were interested in her memoir than were willing to shell out for a copy they could own.
The Matrix star’s book also struggled to get readers to leave a review on Amazon.
The store’s listing shows as of Wednesday that only 148 people have left a rating on her book, compared to the 1,043 people who have rated Britney Spears’ memoir, which was only released on Tuesday.
Worthy was completely missing from Amazon’s list of its 100 top-selling Kindle books.
However, it did top specialty list of ‘Women’s Biographies.’
It was also absent from Publishers Weekly’s top 25 overall bestsellers, and it didn’t make the top 10 on its nonfiction bestsellers list either.
Barnes & Noble’s bestseller list was similarly missing an entry for Worthy in its top 100, but John Stamos — whose book was released after Jada’s — scored a spot in the 30s with his memoir.
However, another celebrity memoir — Britney’s — graced the number one spot, while Killers Of The Flower Moon — which is six years old — also nabbed a spot in the top 10.
Not paying: Jada scored number three on Amazon’s list of the most sold and read books, but she dropped way down to #84 on the list purely measuring sales; seen with Will in 2022
MIA: It missed out on the Publishers Weekly top 25 and Barnes & Noble’s top 100 list. The book included details about her relationship with Tupac; seen October 17 in NYC
Some good news: However, the New York Times’ prestigious bestsellers list placed Worthy at number four for combined print and e-book bestsellers, and at three when just considering physical copies; seen October 18 with Willow, Trey, Jaden and Will
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new memoir and self-help book, Be Useful: Seven Tools For Life, also top several lists or placed high up, indicating that readers weren’t opposed to all celebrity-penned books.
However, Jada may not have to worry too much about her book’s sales, as it still placed prominently on what is widely considered the most prestigious of all bestseller charts: the New York Times’ list.
The times has Worthy at number four on its list of combined print and e-book bestsellers, and she had the third-most popular nonfiction book when only looking at physical hardcover sales.
The Times’ list isn’t a purely objective ranking of sales, as it also attempts to exclude books that may try to game the system through bulk purchases.
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